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GHOSTHUNTERS AND THE GRUESOME INVINCIBLE LIGHTNING GHOST! by Cornelia Funke

GHOSTHUNTERS AND THE GRUESOME INVINCIBLE LIGHTNING GHOST!

By Cornelia Funke (Author) , Cornelia Funke (Illustrator) , Helena Ragg-Kirkby (Translator)

Age Range: 9 - 11

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-84962-4
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic

Intrepid veteran Hetty Hyssop, her young amanuensis Tom and their moody, slime-oozing spectral associate Hugo nearly meet a fiery doom in this smoothly translated import, the second episode of four originally published in Germany. Responding to the summons of a seaside hotel’s manager, the Ghosthunters expect to find only a minor fire ghost to snag—but are instead confronted by a huge GILIG (see title), a spirit so powerful that The Big Ghost Encyclopedia warns readers to avoid contact at all costs. Standing fast as the hotel takes heavy damage and guests flee in terror (some of this last, to be sure, caused by Hugo’s pranks), the Ghosthunters discover the GILIG’s weakness just as they’re about to be turned into ash, and the day is saved. Funke closes with a manual for prospective ghosthunters, plus an elaborate taxonomy of ghostly types, from ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghosts, which is Hugo’s category) to FOFUG (Foggy Fug-Ghost). Replete with both spooks and with comically cluttered illustrations, this will win many new fans. (Fantasy. 9-11)